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My husband, youngest son and I all have some level of asthma. Mine isn't quite as bad as my youngest son's and my husband, but there are times that I'm having troubles breathing. Having good air quality in our home is a must, as it should be in every home.
If you’re looking to make the air quality within your home healthier, there are many ways that you can go about this. Not only will doing so make sure that you feel better, breathe better, and have better health in the long-run, but it will also help your family and your visitors to feel better, too. I've come up with some simple tips here, for those who want fresh air throughout their spaces, but may not know how to go about it.
Open up the windows
As anybody who has been living on this earth for a while will tell you, the best source of fresh air exists outside of your home, and the best way to let it in is to open up the windows and let the stale air get replaced by its healthier counterpart. You don’t have to have the windows open constantly, but even having them open a little for an hour or two a day will really help you to see the health benefits. It also helps to get rid of mold in your home, which can grow due to your windows being damp and no fresh air being able to enter in. Whether it is winter or summer, be sure to open up the windows a little sometimes. I typically do this on REALLY nice days throughout the winter time. Anytime the temperature is above 50 degrees, I tend to open a window just smidgen on each level of the house.
Invest in an air conditioning unit
For those who are super against the idea of opening their windows during the winter (which is understandable given the temperatures in some areas) investing in an air conditioning unit could be the answer to all of your unhealthy air-related problems. AC will help you to regulate the temperature within all of the rooms of your house, it will allow you to replace stale air with fresh air, and it will circulate this air around your home. Whilst it may seem to be quite a cost in the name of healthy air, you should get a warranty included too, so that an AC repairman can fix any issues straight away. Look into this if you’re interested!
Vacuum, vacuum, and vacuum again
If you want to avoid sickness as a result of bad air in your home, the best thing that you can do is staying on top of cleaning, especially vacuuming. If you think about all of the dust that is constantly in the air, and how you can be breathing it in all day if you work from home or are a stay-at-home parent, you’d be more inclined to get vacuuming on a regular basis. Dust can be one of the worst things for irritating allergies, and causing problems with breathing, so if you want to make sure that it is out of the air, then get rid of the source: the dust itself. Try this one out alongside the other ideas, and you’ll notice the difference!
Invest in a Humidifier or Dehumidifier
Depending on where you live, really depends on if you need one or the other, or even both. If you're in the U.S. you'll probably need both. In the summertime, you'll want to keep the humidity to a minimum in the house. Too much and it can cause issues such as mold, AC issues, and more. In the winter (like now in Ohio), you're going to want a humidifier. It helps keep moisture in the air which helps you from drying out, catch a cold, having breathing issues, and also helps you sleep better.
So, if you want to improve the air quality in your home, and make it a healthier space for everybody, why not try out these simple tips? From opening up the windows, to air conditioning, to vacuuming, they should all help you to get on the road to fresher air!